Bellini’s The Capulets and the Montagues

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American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and soprano Nicole Cabell star as Romeo and Giulietta in The Capulets and the Montagues presented by San Francisco Opera. Bellini’s operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet tells a slightly varied but equally heartbreaking story.

Stepping in for Tybalt in the original story, Giulietta’s fiancé Tebaldo is played by Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu. American bass-baritone Eric Owens sings the role of Capellio, Giulietta’s antagonistic father. Riccardo Frizza conducts the production.



Giulietta                                  Nicole Cabell

Romeo                                    Joyce DiDonato

Tebaldo                                   Saimir Pirgu

Lorenzo                                   Ao Li

Capellio                                   Eric Owens


CONDUCTOR:                      Riccardo Frizza

STAGE DIRECTOR:              Vincent Boussard


CHORUS DIRECTOR:           Ian Robertson